Fred Ward Biography

Birthday: 1942-12-30
Place of Birth: San Diego, California USA
Height: 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Wiki Biography: A marvelous character actor with intense eyes, a sly grin and somewhat grizzled appearance, Fred Ward has nearly 70 appearances under his belt in many tremendous films. He first became interested in acting after serving three years in the US Air Force and studied at New York's Herbert Berghof Studio. Ward then went to Europe, where he dubbed many Italian movies, and first appeared on-screen in two films by Roberto Rossellini. He then returned to the United States, and got his first decent role alongside Clint Eastwood in the nail-biting prison film Escape from Alcatraz (1979). Ward's looks often saw him cast as law enforcement or military characters, and he put in noteworthy performances in Southern Comfort (1981), Uncommon Valor (1983), as astronaut Gus Grissom in The Right Stuff (1983) and scored the lead in the interesting spy / martial arts movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985), which unfortunately was not as successful as had been the mega-selling series of Remo Williams books. However, during "Remo", Ward demonstrated a great knack for comedic timing and satirical performance, and used this ability was to great effect in several films, including playing Kevin Bacon's fellow giant-worm-fighting handyman in the light-hearted sci-fi hit Tremors (1990), as "Walter Stuckel" in Robert Altman's The Player (1992), as TV anchorman "Chip Daley" in Tim Robbins' razor-sharp political satire Bob Roberts (1992) and as a vicious, but incompetent, gangster menacing Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). Ward's abilities as both a strong supporting actor and a truly versatile character actor ensured that he would be in steady demand, and he has continued to turn up in a wide variety of roles utilizing his skills. Keep an eye out for Fred Ward in the action-filled The Chaos Factor (2000), as David Spade's dad in Joe Dirt (2001), in the tongue-in-cheek Corky Romano (2001) and in the Reese Witherspoon romantic tale Sweet Home Alabama (2002).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Southern Comfort Cpl. Lonnie Reece 1981 Adventure
Off Limits Dix 1988 Action
Tremors Earl Bassett 1990 Comedy
The Player Walter Stuckel 1992 Comedy
Gun John Farragut 1997 - 1997
Invasion: Earth Maj. General David Reece 1998 Sci Fi
Sweet Home Alabama Earl Smooter 2002 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Equinox Paris 1970
Ginger in the Morning 1974
Escape from Alcatraz John Anglin 1979 0, Comedy
The Right Stuff Gus Grissom 1983 Adventure, Drama, History
Silkwood Morgan 1983 Drama, Thriller
Uncommon Valor Wilkes 1983 Action, Drama, Thriller
Swing Shift 1984 0, Biography
UFOria 1985
Secret Admirer Lou Fimple 1985 Comedy, Romance
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Remo Williams 1985 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Big Business Roone Dimmick 1988
Off Limits Dix 1988 Action, Thriller
The Prince of Pennsylvania Gary Marshetta 1988 Comedy, Drama
Catchfire 1990 0, 0, Game Show
Miami Blues 1990 0, Game Show, 0
Train of Dreams The Teacher 1990 Drama
Tremors Earl Bassett 1990 Comedy, Horror, Sci Fi
Henry & June Henry Miller 1990
Thunderheart 1992 0, 0, Comedy
The Player Walter Stuckel 1992 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Four Eyes and Six Guns Wyatt Earp 1992 Comedy
Two Small Bodies 1993
Short Cuts Stuart Kane 1993 Comedy, Drama
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Rocco 1994 Action, Comedy, Crime
Un bruit qui rend fou Frank 1995 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Chain Reaction FBI Agent Leon Ford 1996 Action, Thriller, Drama
The Crimson Code 1999
The Crow: Salvation The Captain 2000 Game Show, 0, 0
The Chaos Factor 2000
Ropewalk Charlie's dad 2000 Drama, Comedy, Romance
Circus Elmo 2000 Crime, Thriller, Drama
Road Trip Earl Edwards 2000 Adventure, Comedy
The Vivero Letter 2000 Action, Adventure, Thriller
Corky Romano Leo Corrigan 2001 0, 0
Joe Dirt 2001 Adventure, Comedy, Mystery
Full Disclosure 2001 Thriller
Wild Iris 2001 Drama
Summer Catch Sean Dunne 2001 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Enough 2002 Drama, Thriller
Birdseye Nolan Sharpless 2002 Comedy, Crime
Sweet Home Alabama Earl Smooter 2002 Comedy, Romance
Abandon 2002 Drama, Music, Mystery
The Last Ride Darryl Kurtz 2004
Funky Monkey Don Decker 2004 Comedy, Family
Feast of Love 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Exit Speed Sergeant Archie Sparks 2008 Thriller
Management Jerry 2009 0, 0
The Wild Stallion Frank 2009 0, 0, Fantasy
L'affaire Farewell Ronald Reagan 2009 Drama, Thriller
Armored Duncan Ashcroft 2009 Action, Crime, Thriller
2 Guns Admiral Tuwey 2013 Action, Comedy, Crime
Southern Comfort Cpl. Lonnie Reece 2014 0